Our Story

Story of WCC

From the very beginning, Wakonda Christian Church aims to take a different approach in reaching out and helping people along their faith journey.  From a small group of faithful followers in 1952 wanting to start a Disciples of Christ church on the south side of Des Moines, Wakonda Christian Church has its founding forged in neighborly partnerships.  Working with local businesses, and our surrounding neighborhood, our church worked with the Des Moines Civil Rights movement to end blockbusting and live out our belief that All are Welcome, not only in our church, but our neighborhood, as well.

We have grown since our founding and continue to find ways to expand our partnership with God’s world beyond simply our neighborhood, but also with our nation and world.  We look forward to welcoming you and partnering together to create the world God envisions.

Story of DOC


The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) began as a part of the Stone Campbell Movement in the early 19th century, in the United States, as an attempt to end the divisions of denominations. Proclaiming “no creed but Christ” and “unity is our polar star,” our founders were committed to an open communion table and the oneness of all Christians.

Fast forward over two hundred years and you will find a diverse denomination attempting to practice radical hospitality and welcome people of all backgrounds. In a time when many are leaving rigid faith traditions, we believe our openness to intellectual thought and our emphasis on spirituality and justice are needed by an often hurting world. To find out more about our denomination go to www.disciples.org

For the quick glance on who we are, check out this brief handbook.